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Thankfulness means to express one's thanks and love to God for all of the gifts He gives, to declare that all we have comes from Him. Careful reflection reveals that God's gifts are countless and that we receive them due to His grace. For example, the fact that each of the 100 trillion or so cells in your body works for you continuously and without fail is only a small fraction of His gifts. Believers are thankful to God regardless of their circumstances, whereas being thankful does not even occur to unbelievers. The Qur'an requires that believers be thankful, which it considers a form of worship, and tells them to adopt this attitude wholeheartedly, as the following verses indicate:

No! Worship God and be among the thankful. (Qur'an, 39:66) So eat from what God has provided for you, lawful and good, and be thankful for the blessing of God, if it is Him you worship. (Qur'an, 16:114) The Qur'an also states that thankful believers will receive more rewards, whereas ungrateful unbelievers will deserve His fierce punishment. [Moses said to his people:] "And when your Lord announced: 'If you are grateful, I will certainly give you increase. But if you are ungrateful, My punishment is severe.'" (Qur'an, 14:7)

The Bible says; give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians, 5:18), and passages dealing with Jesus' (pbuh) life reveal that he thanked God for all things. All believers should follow his example. The Torah tells believers to be thankful, as follows: ...there had been ... songs of praise and thanksgiving to God. (Nehemiah, 12:46) Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name. (Psalm, 100:4) I thank and praise you. (Daniel, 2:23) We give thanks to you, O God. We give thanks... (Psalm, 75:1)

Adapted from: "A Call for Unity" by: "Harun Yahya"

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